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Initial Results – Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!

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It has been a hot minute since anything Konosuba-related was on the air or being discussed broadly, so when I heard Natsume Akatsuki’s spin-off series focusing on Megumin was getting an adaptation, there was indeed a bit of excitement on my part. The show has always been about stupid, crass isekai brand humor, but it never really pretended to be anything else, and in that sense, it was pretty funny.

Meanwhile, Megumin was always one of my favorite parts of the show, even if the jokes involving her were a bit one-note and usually ended in something exploding. She added a flavorful overconfidence that balanced out against the other three idiots on screen.

If it was not obvious from the title and promo art, Konosuba: An Explosion on this Wonderful World focuses on Megumin, telling the story of growing up and learning magic in her home village. Though the place is relatively small, there is no shortage of apparent problems, be they monstrous or human. Despite it all, Megumin…is still trying to learn explosion magic, which is widely considered a joke.

Despite some good attempts, the series has thus far left me a little underwhelmed. This is not to say it is bad by any means, but the opening episodes do not have as much of the zaniness that was present in the original.

Still, my overall disappointment so far might be attributable to a couple of things. First, the original series aired when I was still in high school, and though saying my sense of humor would has changed drastically would be a lie, there is a sense of sameness to the comedy. There is a sameness to it that is not as funny as the first time.

Second, a big part of Konosuba‘s comedic success was its character dynamics. The show was funny not necessarily because of anyone individually, but because the stupid was passed around among the main characters and gradually built. There is some of that present, like with Megumin and YunYun’s budding rivalry/friendship, but rarely does it rise to the level of laugh-out-loud.

Still, harping on it this much maybe sells it a bit short. Despite Megumin’s one-notedness in the original, this side story has done a solid job at making her a more interesting and complex character. It is clear that her village is suffering from poverty and lack of resources (still mostly lack of intelligence but it is fine to but that aside). Even if her pursuit of explosion magic is quite literally a joke, it is fun to try and watch the underdog succeed.

Overall, it feels like a fine addition to the Konosuba universe…so far. Hard to say where it will go without having read any of the source material. However, I do hope they push more of the side characters like the series has been trending towards, because, otherwise, it will probably end up being just ok.

How do you feel about the new Konosuba series? Let me know in the comments.

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What I’m (Probably) Watching for Spring 2023

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Well, it is about that time again…eh, not really. We’re still a few weeks out from the first of the spring season actually starting. However, I also have a few other things that I have not quite gotten all the way through yet, so those are on the back burner for now. With that being said, here are some of the things that I will (probably) be watching for Spring 2023. Or maybe not, who knows.

Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World

It has been a hot minute since my last time consuming anything Konosuba related, so seeing this random side-story about Megumin and YunYun getting an anime adaptation is a pleasant surprise. While neither was my favorite character from the series, and their jokes did often feel one note and gimmicky, they were still incredibly likeable (and also those jokes were still really funny). Now, the series has always been oriented towards uh…more vulgar types of humor, lets say, in its quest to poke fun at isekai tropes. I cannot say for sure if this side story will do the same, but regardless it seems like it will be a fun time.

Insomniacs After School

To say nothing of the quality of the actual source material, I think studio Lidenfilms has a really interesting concept on there hands. Insomnia is not just a quirky, teehee mental disorder associated NEETs but rather a reality for a lot of people, especially those who are older, of a lower socio-economic status, and those who have secondary conditions (these things are not mutually exclusive, but you get what I am saying).

I think the best thing I could say about this series, at the risk of jumping the gun a bit, is that it looks lived in and real. The trailer portrays two characters who care about each other and are significantly altered as people by the presence of someone else who understands them. As someone who themselves has had problems sleeping, even recently, this is something I would love to be able to find a bit of comfort in.

My Home Hero

I do not consider myself the biggest fan of crime drama, by which I mean my last time consuming one was…Death Note? Probably. Basically, it is not a story genre I often seek out on my own. Still, something about My Home Hero does look fairly interesting. Call it the lack of parent focused stories in anime, at least until recently, or maybe even my time spent apart from said crime stories. Despite having an a genuine interest in the series, though, nothing about the staff or the writer of the original series feels particularly noteworthy. Idk, Tezuka Productions does have Dorororo under their belt, so that is something.

The Ancient Magus Bride Season 2

So yeah, this is happening…cool.

In all seriousness, I am interested in the fact that the second season is happening. It took me a while to actually bother finishing the first season, but after a friend of mine begged me to do so, I finished season one and it was good. Not amazing, by any means, but good. The aesthetic of the series really drew me in for the initial episodes, and it definitely keeps that up even throughout the second half.

However, the arc that season two is going to cover seems to be going in a much different direction, setting Chise in a mages college where she will presumably learn more about magic. The series does not seem that exciting when it comes to the story, but at the very least it will look and sound pretty. Probably.

Oh yeah, something something I will catch up on Demon Slayer eventually something something.

What are you planning on watching for this upcoming season? Let me know down in the comments.

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This Week in Anime: Konosuba, Golden Kamuy, and More…

Sorry, this is coming out a day late, I was feeling a bit distracted and not really in a mood to write. Some painful memories recently got stirred up again and it put me in a really weird place, but now I am ok again. Anyway, on to this week’s news

New Anime

A list of new anime announcements:

Golden Kamuy Season 2 Will Air in the Fall

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It has now been officially announced that the popular manga turned spring 2018 anime adaptation will now be receiving another season. The show will reportedly be airing in the fall season of this year, and will have all of the staff return to work on the show, as well as again being animated by Studio Geno.

Golden Kamuy centers around Sugimoto, a Russo-Japanese war veteran who, after finding out his friends wife will soon go blind, heads out on a mission to find a hidden treasure that will help him get her the medicine he needs. Along the way, he meets up with various dangerous individuals who also happen to be looking for the treasure.

Kadokawa Releases Trailer for Overlord Season 3

On top of a few promotional images, Kadokawa has now also officially released a trailer for the widely popular Overlord series.

The trailer highlights some of the upcoming plot points of the new season, as well as displaying some of the grittiness the show is well known for. The show’s third season will be produced by Madhouse, and Satoshi Hino will be returning to voice the show’s main character.

Overlord takes place in the world of an MMORPG that is set to shut down. After a player refuses to log out of the game, he finds that many of the world’s NPCs take on personalities of their own.

Konosuba to Receive Full-Length Film

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Fans of the instant hit parody series Konosuba will be pleased to find out that the series will be receiving a full-length feature film sometime in the future. Many details about the show’s production are not yet known as of the writing of this piece, but it has been confirmed that the show will have a shift in studios, as J.C. Staff will be taking over for Studio Deen.

Konosuba’s story follows Kazuma, a NEET who, after dying from shock, is given a chance to be reborn by the goddess Aqua, who he requests comes with him as he starts his new life in another world.

Hiro Mashima Reveals New Fairytail Spinoff Manga

Fairy Tail Hero City

After a slew of announcements from Mangaka Hiro Mashima earlier this year about future projects, including one about his newest Manga Eden’s Zero, Mashima has now revealed one of the destinies of his hit series Fairytail. Mashima announced this week the name of one of the new fairytail spinoff’s that he has planned for the future, that being Fairytail Hero City. Details about the specific story have yet to be released, but reportedly, the manga will be out sometime this fall.

Article Shoutouts

For this week, I’ll admit that I really haven’t read that many blog posts or articles because of my slump, but I do want to give a shoutout to my fellow OWLS members who had blog posts this week. So here are the links to those:

22: Gloria (The Nerdy Girl News)

23: Marina (Anime B&B)

24: Dale (That Baka Blog)

25: Gigi (Animepalooza)

26: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

27: Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

28: Crimson (Crimson is Blogging)

29: Carla (PopCultureLiterary)

What do you guys think of this week’s anime-related news? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: 11-30-17/Quicky Update

Hey, Friendos!

So first thing: Update. This was originally going to be a video post because I got a lot of feedback from people telling me that they liked the talk show format, including Chizurue and Visual Joint, so thank you to them for the feedback. The reason that the video post is not happening this week is that between working on other posts and school this week, I’m trying to budget my time well. Also, my phone with the finished product died, and it won’t charge because the charging port won’t work, meaning I have no access to it. So there’s that.

Anyway, here’s this weeks news.

Made in Abyss Confirmed for Season 2

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Poster from Deep in Abyss event. Source: Otaku Vines

During a Deep in Abyss event done for Made in Abyss fans earlier this week, it was announced that the show had been renewed for a second season. The announcement was made by the producer of Made in Abyss, as well as the main characters’ voice actors. The show’s production company Studio Kinema Citrus has yet to announce an official release date for the show, but it will likely be coming out in 2018.

Goboiano Conducts Poll on Gen Orubuchi Best Works

Source: Madoka Magica Fandom Wiki

Goboiano released the results of a poll they conducted on Saturday. The poll asked fans in their community to rank the best works of Gen Orubuchi, a famed anime screenwriter, and novelist who was the man behind shows like Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom and Fate/Zero. The results of the poll can be found here.

Bookwalker Releases Top 10 Light Novels of 2017


Digital Manga and light novel bookstore Bookwalker recently released their top ten best selling novels of the year, and there are a few changes from previous year’s list. For the first time in two years, DanMachi is not at the top of the list, and one series has two separate entries in the top ten. You can find the entirety of the top ten here.

Women Faces Lawsuit for Selling Boyfriend’s Anime Collection

Recently, a Twitter user by the handle of @wkkazuyu claimed to be the victim of a robbery by his own girlfriend. A police report detailed the incident. The girlfriend, who had recently been kicked out of her previous living situation, admitted in the report to needing money at the time. She decided to take her boyfriend’s anime collection, worth about 810 U.S. Dollars. The girlfriend took that collection to a local shop and sold it. When the Boyfriend found out, he quickly notified the police. He was able to get the collection back but not before certain limited edition, unopened sets had already been opened. The boyfriend is now suing his girlfriend for damages. It is not known currently how much he is seeking.

What did you guys think of this week’s stories? What’s your favorite Gen Orubuchi work? What Light Novels have you been reading? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for Reading and bye for now, Friendos!